Requirements to Donate Eggs
Many women are interested in helping other women and families who have been unable to conceive a child of their own make their dreams come true by donating eggs of their own. However, it is not as simple as just donating your eggs because you want to; there are very specific criteria that will need to be met in order for you to become an egg donor.
These requirements were developed in order to protect both your health and that of any child who might be born from your egg donation. Continue reading to learn more about the qualifications that you need to meet in order to be eligible for egg donation.
Physical and Mental Health Criteria
First and foremost, you need to be in good health, both physically and emotionally, before you can be cleared to donate your eggs. Some of these criteria include being a nonsmoker, abstaining from illegal drug use, and having a body mass index of less than twenty-eight.
If you are on Depo-Provera, if you do not have regular monthly periods, or if you have other reproductive abnormalities, you will likely not be eligible for egg donation.
Additionally, all egg donors need to be between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-eight. Before twenty-one years old, we do not typically see women who are able to fully understand and appreciate the egg donation process and its impact on their life. Anyone over twenty-eight years old will generally not be considered to ensure optimum egg health and viability.
Essentially, if you are found to be in good psychological and physical health, you will likely have met the initial requirements for egg donation.
Other Factors to Consider
Apart from being in good overall health, you also need to understand that egg donation is a process you have to commit to. We require our egg donors to commit to a minimum of six months for the medication and egg retrieval processes. You must be able to take injectable medicines and communicate with staff quickly, as egg donation can often be time sensitive.
Most importantly, you need to have the appropriate intentions for donating your eggs. We see many women claiming to be interested in helping families, but they are really only in it for the money. These women are not usually able to commit to the entire egg donation process, which is why we are only interested in working with women who are donating eggs out of good intentions.
Speak with a Compassionate Surrogacy Agency
If you have further questions about the egg donation process or requirements to donate eggs, you can contact the staff at Baby Steps Surrogacy Center, Inc. by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our surrogacy agency at 412-281-9906.